How to Manage Containers with Windows Admin Center

As a Windows admin you know that managing containers is not as easy as managing VMs. Using PowerShell commands, writing files, and so on can be a daunting process – specially if you just want to containerize an existing application.

Just recently we launched an update to the Containers extension in Windows and today I wanted to give you a tour of the new functionality!

With this new update we are expanding the capabilities of Windows to help you in your journey of containerizing existing applications. Containers are created based on a container image that in turn are created based on a file with instructions on create that container image. However, writing a file requires which commands to run and when – and even some to avoid large container images.

With the new update in Windows you can now just answer some simple questions to get started – it's as easy as letting Windows Admin Center know what type of application you have and directing it to the source folder. Windows Admin Center will do the rest for you! Once finished, the docker file will be stored in the same folder as your application and you can run the image locally and even push it to an external container registry! All without writing a single line of code/script for your docker file or command lines.

We hope you like this update and we're looking forward for your feedback! Let us know what you think and if you have any feedback, please let us know via User Voice.


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This article was originally published by Microsoft's ITOps Talk Blog. You can find the original article here.